Texas hopes for season's 1st road win at Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas aims for its first road win this season when the Longhorns face Texas Tech on Saturday.

The two teams have identical records, but the Red Raiders (2-3, 4-4) have won one game away from Lubbock — after losing two earlier this season. They beat TCU last week in Fort Worth on a field goal in the second overtime.

Texas coach Charlie Strong says his players need to summon a home-game mindset for the Longhorns (2-3, 4-4) to get their first road win in Lubbock.

"So how good you feel when you're at home, that's the same feeling that we have to take when we're on the road, even though it's a different atmosphere."

Texas' biggest challenge will be stopping Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who leads the nation in passing yards (3,519) and total offense (471.3 yards per game). The junior is still recovering from an injury to his passing shoulder in late September. He fell on it painfully on a rush that set up the winning field goal at TCU.

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury says Mahomes' shoulder has "steadily improved" and that he gets daily treatments.

"I think it scared him," the fourth-year coach said. "He landed right on it. I'm sure there was some pain, but he sounds like he will be able to practice almost a full week so that should help."

TCU kept Mahomes contained inside the pocket for most of the game, holding him to a season-low 206 yards passing. The team had a season-low 345 total yards and was held to its fewest points since a 20-10 win over the Horned Frogs in 2013.

"That's what's got to be critical for us, not to let him outside," Strong said.

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